tv [untitled] March 22, 2012 2:00pm-2:30pm PDT
>> we are back in session. commissioners, i believe for -- we are in the midst of public comment. >> if i call your name, please come and speak. >> thank you. i am the founder of waterfront for all. we are a grass-roots investors -- a grass-roots organization. this provides a wonderful opportunity to update land uses. we strongly support 8 washington and recommend the commission approve it. we ask that 8 washington you consider 8 will provide. -- we ask that you consider what 8 washington will provide. i received virtually zero
benefits from the site. it has an out of date jim. it cost $200 per month. this is not the ymca. this is a private club that i cannot afford. there are two parking lots and the infamous blocking of our view and prevents it public access to the waterfront. contrast that to what 8 washington provides. i think the 99% will benefit from this project. we will take down that horrible greenwald, which is necessary, by the way, for it tennis players to play in the background. it will provide new housing in the number of other benefits that you of offered. >> i think it fits perfectly in character of the neighborhood.
i realize it is concerning to many of you, but this project site would be distinguished from any future development down the waterfront because of some of the proximity. the slippery slope argument is not a strong argument. in addition, the fact that these are market raise -- market rate houses, that will be more tax revenue. in the final analysis, the status quo only serves a small elite trying to preserve their million-dollar view. given our deteriorating infrastructure, i believe this is an opportunity we should not pass up. just as an aside, as a newly- married person planning on having a family, the reason i would leave is because of lack of planning for our school and lack of housing. new housing at any level is important. it reduces the demand and it
will bring prices down across the board. we urge you to support the project and recommended its approval. thank you. >> thank you. kim, corin, and daphne. >> good afternoon, commissioners. money mess lydia. thank you for your time. a i am -- my name is lydia. "dear commissioners, we urge the planning and recreation-park commission to approve the 8 washington item for march 22. so many items have gone before public hearings. few projects proposed such a positive use of under-utilized land, which is certainly 8 washington case at and the
embarcadero. the project proposes new open space, of view, for the water from. -- for the waterfront. as redesign, the 8 washington project will provide residents with a modern aquatics center, create a children's sculpture garden, and restaurants and retail stores. the san francisco chamber of commerce urges the commission to take all actions necessary to approve this significant project. thank you very much. >> good afternoon, commissioners. my name is jim, i am a resident.
i have had a project to look at this project in detail. i think it is a fantastic project that should be supported. like so many things in our life, we have changed. this is a project in an under- utilized area of the city that solves many problems and would be an asset to the city. any new housing in san francisco is an asset, regardless of price. i think it is a fantastic project that should be started and approved. thank you. >> hello. i am new to san francisco, so it is exciting to be participating in something like this. i moved here a year ago from brooklyn, new york. i support this project for two
reasons. the first one is i work downtown. i often take walks with my co- workers to the pier, passing through the site. it would be great to have that area developed with green public spaces, and i would definitely patronize the retail and cafes their. second, when friends visit, i always take them here. i think the project would contribute to energy and vibrancy in the area. i think it is important to san francisco. that is why i support the project. thank you for the opportunity to speak. >> if the folks can speak right into the microphone, that would be helpful. diane, marcy albert, paula h
ouston. >> good afternoon, commissioners. 9 amiscorin woods. -- my name is corin woods. i a fall of this project since the first rfp. i followed the embarcadero planning study, which was extremely well done. i think the developer and the port have come up with a really good plan. i supported it strongly. i think the one thing that has not been talked about here today is how difficult it is to develop public trust property for anything other than maritime use. and the fact that this project does of trust land swap so that
the state's of california and the citizens of the state of california have those benefits, but at the same time, the project has a financial basis where it can succeed are both very important points. you cannot build -- the port could not have bills on what was the parking lot, which is public trust land, anything other than public trust consisting uses. to fact that the pacific waterfront partners have figured out a way to do this, to combine those properties, do all the things -- i do not know that i went to all 100 meetings that they had, but i went to a lot of them, and i think they were very responsive to the community and what -- into what the poor needed to get out of this. i urge you to -- and to what the
port and needed to get out of this. i urge you to approve and let's go forward with this. thank you. >> paula. i am at a resident of district 3. i am all layperson. i will not repeat what others have said today. i am not an expert, but i have been paying attention the last few years. i have seen this project evolve and change and be tweaked and i think it is time to fish or cut bait. i think everything is in order theeir -- with the eir to be certified. i urge you to do so. thank you. >> maureen, cecelia.
francisco. i am here to speak in favor a 8 washington of the project -- i amere to speak in favor of the 8 washington project. the private the way club is not disappearing. the developer is building a new $12 million fitness facility and four new polls. secondly, and most important for those of us who cannot afford to belong to the private club, it opens the project to the public. the proposed project is dedicated to public space. 8 washington opens up the eastern side of the waterfront to all san franciscans, including wide landscape areas along the embarcadero and jackson street, about 20,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, a new 4500-square- foot public park with various facilities for children to play.
the project as onto many public parks and recreation facility is located nearby. the eir says there are 10 publicly-available parks in the neighborhood. i urge you to certify the eir and approve a 8 washington project. it opens up a part of the waterfront that since the 1970's only a select few could enjoy a. with 8 washington all san franciscans will be able to recreate, lounge, and stroll on the waterfront. thank you. >> good afternoon. my name is jon stewart. i am here to speak in support of 8 washington. i am , a practitioner in the affordable housing biz. we have done a lot of brain
damaged deals are the last few years, and i look at this transaction through the prism of affordable housing. i do so also in the context of what is probably the worst environment financially, in terms of financing, in preferable deals, that i have ever seen. at think the governor foolishly aided -- i think the governor, foolishly, aided and abetted by very -- by various organizations, eliminated the last zero in his quiver which is tax financing. we're not getting new fees. as if by magic, when i look at the city's report on affordable housing, i found it had $42 million in 2008. million in 2008. now it has zero.